This is a photo of my desk at home
in Ohio. As you can probably tell, I didn’t straighten it up for you, although it can get a lot messier than this at times. This is
where I write, in all its disorganized glory. Maybe you can pick out some of
the elements, maybe not, but I surround myself with things I need and love.
Here are my Top Ten:
1. My comfortable chair
When we moved into
this house twenty-one years ago, I bought one of the old-style X chairs with
all the adjustments. When you spend a lot of time sitting down, it’s important
to be comfortable.
2. My special keyboard and monitor
Since my computer
is really small, I need these additional items to be able to write. I like my
keyboard (the HP Wireless Elite v. 2) so much that I buy them in twos.
3. My printer
I like to print out
bits of research—I know, I know, but I’m not good at organizing information
4. A notebook for every current project
Which is where I
keep all those printed-out bits of research.
5. My current shelf of resource books
The books change
with every project. You might be able to make out several books on Devon. It’s
6. My painted rock
The rock was given
to me by a dear friend, an artist. It’s not only lovely to look at; it comes in
handy as a paperweight.
7. My candle holder
I love to burn
scented candles when I’m writing. Makes me happy.
8. Photographs of people I care about
Included are my
parents, my children, my friends, and my Wall of Women (the red cork board),
where I keep photos of women who’ve played important roles in my life.
Among my favorites
are a framed Peanuts cartoon, given to me by a student during my years
of teaching, and a print by Carl Larsson, which reminds me of my Scandinavian
10. My bottle of FIJI water
If a desk tells you something about
its occupant, you now know more about me than you did before.
What’s on your desk, and what would
that tell us about you? Enquiring minds want to know!